Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CREEDANCE CLEAR WATER(CCR) : Biography

    Creedence Clearwater Revival (sometimes shortened to Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums.

    The band consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford. Their musical style encompassed country rock and swamp rock genres. Despite their San Francisco Bay Area origins, they positioned themselves as Southern rock stylists, singing about bayous, the Mississippi River, catfish, and other popular elements of Southern iconography.

   Creedence Clearwater Revival's music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplay and often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone.Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.They were ranked at 82 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest artists of all time.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival, frequently referred to as CCR or simply Creedence, was an American roots rock band, fronted by John Fogerty.

   The band started out as The Blue Velvets, formed by John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook in El Cerrito,California, United States in the late 1950s. They were an instrumental trio, however during the early ’60s they began backing Tom Fogerty, John’s older brother, for school dances at El Cerrito High School, on fraternity house gigs and in the recording studio. By the mid 1960s, the band signed a contract with Fantasy Records which was a local label based in San Francisco at that time. They were attracted to the label because Fantasy had released a national hit by Vince Guaraldi, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind”. Fantasy officials changed the group’s name to The Golliwogs, an apparent reference to a once-popular minstrel doll called a Golliwogg. Seven singles were released in the San Francisco Bay area, but none received national attention. (However, in 1975 Fantasy released Pre-Creedence, a compilation album of recordings by The Golliwogs).

                 Eventually John Fogerty took control of the group, writing most of their material and singing lead vocals. The band’s first album as Creedence Clearwater Revival was released in 1968. A cover of the Dale Hawkins Swamp Rock classic “Suzie Q.” became their first hit single (the song was later featured in the movie Apocalypse Now). As a result, Creedence Clearwater Revival is considered part of that distinctly American Swamp Rock music, exemplified again most prominently in their song “Born On The Bayou”.

     By 1969, the band really began to find its voice;“Proud Mary” became their second hit single and also was a big hit for Ike and Tina Turner. It was followed by a series of successful songs, including “Bad Moon Rising”, “Green River”, “Down on the Corner”, “Travelin’ Band”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”, “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”, “Up Around the Bend”, “Fortunate Son”, and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door.”

       Due to John Fogerty’s success as writer, singer, and frontman, the other band members began to feel like they were being held back. His brother Tom left the band in 1971, to pursue an unsuccessful solo career. John Fogerty insisted that bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford share equal songwriting and vocal time on the band’s final album Mardi Gras in 1972. Many have speculated that Fogerty did this   anticipation of poor sales, in order to prove to brother Tom (and the rest of world) that his songwriting had always been the real commercial talent behind the band’s success. The album did indeed receive poor reviews and sales, and the group disbanded shortly afterwards.

   John Fogerty bought himself out of his contract with Fantasy Records and eventually established a successful solo career.

    In 1990, Tom Fogerty died of AIDS, which he contracted from a blood transfusion.

        CCR was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. At the induction, Tom Fogerty’s widow brought the urn containing his ashes for a CCR “reunion,” but John Fogerty would not perform with his fellow bandmates.

      Band members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook formed a band in 1995 with other musicians called Creedence Clearwater Revisited. They perform globally, only performing the original band’s classics. John Fogerty still has no communications with Cook and Clifford.

  Creedence Clearwater Revival was somewhat unfashionable during the time they were active, because they concentrated on tightly-focused, well-crafted singles rather than long, loose album cuts. However within a few years of their breakup their legacy became secure as one of the great American rock bands, and they heavily influenced the entire genre of heartland rock.

   Fogerty’s songs are considered classics of the rock form and have been covered by countless artists; “Fortunate Son” in particular is revived whenever America goes to war. A new live version of “Fortunate Son” by John Fogerty was recently released as part of his 2005 compilation album The Long Road Home which combines both his Creedence and solo hits.

    The guitar solos on such songs as “Suzie Q”, “Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “I Put A Spell On You” are believed to be played by Steve Cropper of Booker T & the MGs.

      John recently (2008) released a new album entitled Revival receiving a Grammy nomination. CCR holds the record for the group with the most # 2 songs on the U.S. Charts yet amazingly they never had a # 1 hit.

CREEDANCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (CCR)'S SONGS IN MP3
     
            Here are most of the songs of  CCR in "mp3" format. You can download it just by clicking  songs title. Please see the title of their songs below. Download them according to your choice and enjoy the songs.

 SONGS TITLE

  1. Have You  Ever Seen The Rain  
  2. Cotton Fields  
  3. Deja Vu (all over again)  
  4. Sugar Sugar (in my life)  
  5. Honey Do 
  6. Nobody's Here  
  7. I Will Walk With You   
  8. Rhubarb Pie  
  9. Wicked old witch  
10. In the garden  
11. Blue ridge mountain blue  

12. You're the reason  
13. Jambalaya  

14. She thinks I still care  
15. California blues  

16. Working on a building  
17. Please help me I am falling  
18. Have they own lord  

19. I ain't never  
20. Hearts of stone  
21. Rocking all over the world  
22. You raseal you  
23. The wall  
24. Traveling high  
25. Lonely tears drops  
28. Sea cruise  
29. Dream song  
30. Flying away  
31. The old man down the road 
32. Rock and roll girls 
33. Big train 
34. I saw it on T.V 
35. Mr.greed 
36. Searchlight 
37. Center field 

38. I can't help myself 
39. Going back home 
40. Eye of the zombie 
41. Headline 
42. knocking on your Door 
43. Change in the weather 
44. She's got baggage 

45. Radar 
46. Proud Mary 
47. Bad Moon Rising 
48. I put a spell on you  
49. Lodi  
50. Through the Grape vine 
51. Susie Q  
52. Molina  
53. Hello Mary lou  
54. Down on the Corner  
55. Who'll stop the rain 
56. Hey tonight  
57. It come out of the sky 
58. Commotion  
59. Travelling band 
60. Up around the bend  
61. Run through the Jungle  
62. Looking Out my door  
63. Long as i can see the light  
64. Sweet Hitch Hicker  
65. Walk on Water  
66. Tomb shadow 
67.  Looking for a reason  
68. Green river  
69. Fortune Son  
70. Someday Never Comes  
71. Don't look now  
72. My baby left me  

73. Hello Mary You  
74. Before you accuse me  
75. Wrote Song for Everyone  
77. Cross Tie Water  
78. Out My Back Door  

79. Need Someone To Hold 
80. It's Just A Thought  















































































































































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